Carina Mills

Carina Mills

Los Angeles, CA, US



I have a sincere love for interior finishes and I’ve aspired to become an architect since I was fourteen years old.  Six years ago I came to a large-scale A&E firm looking to improve my technical skill sets after interning at a smaller firm.  As an intern architect, I focused on developing construction documents, coordinating agency review, and performing construction administration for retail clients.  When I left the firm just one year after receiving my B-Arch, I was managing two national retail clients and multiple concurrent projects with very little supervision. Looking for greater challenges and more learning opportunities l moved to HDR, and working on healthcare remodels for 20-50 year old facilities has been an incredible learning experience.  I was asked to take on the Project Architect responsibilities for a four-story hospital addition roughly six months into construction. As that hospital addition comes closer to substantial completion, I know that I’ve gained a far better understanding of constructability and technical detailing.   

I believe great designers truly understand how things are built, and I look forward to returning to a more design-focused career as my next step.



HDR Inc., Project Coordinator

Responsible for multiple healthcare renovation projects from schematic design, through construction and post-occupancy/close-out. Peer involvement and development roles including NCARB IDP Coordinator, Young Professionals Group Board of Directors, and Toastmasters Club Secretary.

Sep 2007 - current

Carlile Coatsworth Architects, Intern Architect

Extensive permitting/agency review facilitation for retail tenant improvement projects, including code review, construction documentation and construction administration responsibilities.

Jun 2004 - Sep 2007


Jan 2000 - Jan 2006


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